Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Geographic Information Science

The Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies offers an advanced and flexible Master's degree in Geographic Information Science (GISc) for professionals and researchers who work with (or those who wish to work with) geographically referenced data. The course covers the philosophical, scientific, social, policy, environmental and technological issues associated with the use of geographic information in an international context, building on the department's experience in teaching GISc at postgraduate level for over 20 years. This course will introduce you to the principles and applications of GISc at an advanced level through the development of scientific knowledge, technical expertise and practical experience. You will develop the relevant theoretical background knowledge and a conceptual understanding of GISc, as well as an appreciation of the social and political context of geographical data and the implications of its use. The emphasis throughout this course is on enabling you to develop new skills that have real-world applications for your work and career.

Entry requirements

Good 2nd Class Honours degree in geography, computer science or a cognate discipline. Some experience with a GIS is desirable. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

PgCert

You complete the following modules over 1 year.
Modules:

GIS Data and Databases;
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems;
Programming for GIS;
Spatial Analysis and Statistics .

MSc

The programme comprises 8 taught modules and a dissertation.
Full-time modules:

Advanced Topics of GIS Analysis;
Geovisualisation and WebGIS;
GIS Data and Databases;
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems;
Modelling for Geographic Phenomena;
Programming for GIS;
Remote Sensing and Environmental GIS;
Spatial Analysis and Statistics .

Part-time modules - Year 1:

GIS Data and Databases;
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems;
Programming for GIS;
Spatial Analysis and Statistics .

Part-time modules - Year 2:

Advanced Topics of GIS Analysis;
Geovisualisation and WebGIS;
Modelling for Geographic Phenomena;
Remote Sensing and Environmental GIS .

MSc GIS dissertation.

PgDip

The programme comprises 8 taught modules.
Full-time modules:

Advanced Topics of GIS Analysis;
Geovisualisation and WebGIS;
GIS Data and Databases;
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems;
Modelling for Geographic Phenomena;
Programming for GIS;
Remote Sensing and Environmental GIS;
Spatial Analysis and Statistics .

Part-time modules - Year 1:

GIS Data and Databases;
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems;
Programming for GIS;
Spatial Analysis and Statistics .

Part-time modules - Year 2:

Advanced Topics of GIS Analysis;
Geovisualisation and WebGIS;
Modelling for Geographic Phenomena;
Remote Sensing and Environmental GIS .

Assessment methods

PgCert

Practical coursework

MSc

Coursework and a dissertation

PgDip

Coursework

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,575 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,575 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8000